What does Analytics People Manager spend their time on?

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Few folks recently asked me on where do I allocate my team as a people manager of a double-digit (10+) analytics (data engineers, BI engineers, data science) team at Amazon. There are 5 buckets and the allocation varies week to week depending on priorities:

  1. People management activities: This bucket includes tasks where you work backwards from keeping and growing the folks on your team. E.g. weekly 1:1’s, Team meetings, Career growth sync’s, Promotion process, etc.
  2. Hiring & team building activities: This bucket includes tasks related to hiring new folks or backfilling existing roles on your team. This also includes tasks to continue to have a culture & structure on your team that other folks would love to be part of.
  3. Partnerships and stakeholder management: This bucket include tasks to build partnerships and trust with teams that your team’s success depends on. This also includes proactively managing relationships and obsessing over the needs of our stakeholders by meeting them, being in org-level forums, etc.
  4. Building & driving tech vision: This bucket includes a) forming a tech vision for your team that you can work backwards from b) putting mechanisms to drive towards that vision and empowering the team to be effective and efficient. This could take various forms but roadmap, annual planning, head-count planning, prioritization mechanisms, tech architecture reviews, etc. are part of this.
  5. Strategic Initiatives: I always have some or the other strategic initiative going on. These are initiatives that will have a step-change improvement for company, org and the team.

These buckets can be further broken down into people (people management, hiring), process (partnerships, stakeholder management) and platform (tech vision, strategic initiatives) and maps very well to mental model to building data driven companies which I have written about before here: https://insightextractor.com/2015/12/29/building-data-driven-companies-3-ps-framework/

Hope that helps and I would love your feedback, comments below!

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